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Ponte da Boga Mencia 2016

Ribeira Sacra DO

Making wines at Ponte da Boga has its challenges. The region is of mesmeric beauty, but the vineyards are so steep the pickers need to wear harnesses! The upside is Mencia grapes of remarkable purity and intensity, and this fresh silky fruit red.

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Silky, lithe, bright and fresh; red fruits, mineral edge


Ripe cherry, redcurrant and a seam of minerality

Ponte da Boga Mencia 2016

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  • 13.0% ABV
  • 9.75 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2020

Ribeira Sacra is a new DO of Spain, officially sanctioned in 1996. This region lies just north of the border with Portugal and shares rivers with the Vinho Verde area. Vines have been grown here for centuries, largely by monks, hence ‘Sacra’ in the name. You don’t find many bottles on UK shelves but top producers are making such fragrant, fresh and pleasing reds and whites that it won’t be like that for long. But, with vertiginous vineyard slopes plunging down towards the Miño and Sil rivers, it’s not the easiest land to work. They call it ‘heroic winemaking’! These steep slopes and the poor slate schist soils ensure the quality and concentration of the grapes. King of reds here is Mencia and, typically, this red is deliciously fresh.

"Want red wine that’s fresh and light? Try Ribeira Sacra. Seriously impressed" Victoria Moore
The Telegraph
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